Wild Tales is just one of those films that intrigues from the outset. I mean, I hadn't heard a thing about it until the trailer screened at my local Picturehouse cinema. Let's just say that it's unusual..... at first I thought it was an Audi advert. Maybe that was the intended atmosphere: middle class luxury slowly descended into more and more obscurity. Slowly but surely, the trailer crossed the line beyond which it couldn't be so (but still, part of me clung on to my original idea). It was intriguing, strange, and kinda funny. So I decided to see the film.
|NOT an Audi advert...|
The first segment, 'Pasternak', is rather ingenious. It's the shortest of all the sections and packs the largest punch in terms of a shock 'turning point' into a small time space. So, in a way, this is a caffeine shot that invigorates the audience and prepares them for what is to come. It's hard to talk about it as it's only around five minutes long and any information could spoil it - let's just say that the tragedy in the Alps the day before 'Wild Tales's' release added an extra edge to the presentation.... a bit of a shame since the film was lambasted for being insensitive when it was hardly to blame.
After this, we are treated to "El mas fuerte". Physically, this is the funniest of the shorts. The choreography is stunning and the slapstick is unique to the segment. It's also the cringiest. The violence displayed here is of the melee kind (fire extinguishers smashed into faces, hung by seatbelts etc.). The basic premise is that a middle class guy in a rich car pisses off a redneck. Hilarity ensues. The last line of dialogue in this one is comedic genius...
The penultimate section, 'La Propuesta' is perhaps the darkest section, and the most devoid of laughs. For it concerns the murder of a pregnant woman, and the greed of all those involved. Indeed, the laughs are present as usual (yep, that's how dark this film is) but it feels grittier and more moral than the rest. The ending also contains a yelp/gasp out loud shock moment which just makes this short that much more interesting.
The last and longest section "Hasta que la muerte nos separe" deals with a subject many fear: infidelity; Throughout a course of brutal twists, this story keeps on growing and growing, finally becoming a bizarre and morbid Holywood ending - a genius touch that has much to say about the current state of cinema.
In conclusion, 'Wild Tales' is part Tarantino, part Almodovar, and part Sorrentino. It's also all awesome, and a movie that you just need to see to believe. Check it out...
|'Wild Tales' gets 4 stars!|